The Rape of Lucretia
Opera in two acts, op. 47 by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan
A co-production of Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera
This is where chamber opera begins: with an unforgivable crime and a hollow prayer.
For composer Benjamin Britten, the Roman tale of Lucretia’s tragic violation at the hands of the tyrant Tarquinius became the vessel for an operatic revolution. In place of grandeur and bombast, his work was taut and intimate, with only eight singers and a chamber ensemble to score their every thought and action.
Britten’s Lucretia seethes with psychological insight and desperate yearning for divinity. It is a ritual circle carved out for the noblest acts of humanity. And the most depraved.
SCO brings this pioneering work to a Sydney stage for the first time this century. Helpmann Award-winning Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company Kip Williams returns to SCO after his ravishing production of An Index of Metals to direct rising star Anna Dowsley (Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Australia; SCO’s Ich habe genug) in the career-defining title role.
& Costume Design
Mee Na Lojewski
These performances of The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London
Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
110 minutes, including one 20 minute interval
In at the deep end
Singers on the fearsome thrill of Britten’s Lucretia
by Annarosa Berman